Trio of Freshmen Leads Phoenix at Green Bay Invitational

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: September 11, 2012
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Freshman Katie Pokrandt led the Phoenix by tying for 11th place.

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)

GREEN BAY, Wis. ( - Freshman Katie Pokrandt (Eau Claire, Wis.) continued her strong play and led a trio of freshman golfers that carded 82s on Tuesday to lead the Green Bay women's golf team at the Green Bay Invitational. Pokrandt finished in a tie for 11th after rounds of 76 and 82 in the 36-hole event at Green Bay Country Club.

The Phoenix A squad took ninth place in the tournament with a team score of 679 while the B team finished in 11th place at 690. Indianapolis won the event by 12 strokes with a team score of 629 while Northern Illinois and Butler tied for second at 641. Butler's Jenna Peters was the individual medalist at 3-over par 149 on the par-73 course.

Pokrandt has led the Phoenix in all three of the team's rounds this season, and on Tuesday was joined by a pair of teammates and classmates that had matching 82s. Freshmen Sammi Grunder (Pardeeville, Wis.) played the par-3s in a tournament-best 3-under par for the tournament and finished in a tie for 35th. Lexi Wilson (Marinette, Wis.) bounced back from a tough opening round to shoot an 82 on Tuesday and finish in a tie for 61st (100-82=182).

The B team was led by junior Grace Abitz (Appleton, Wis.) and freshman Steph Laude (Slinger, Wis.), who each finished the tournament in a tie for 28th at 168.

The women's tournament included a hole-in-one on Tuesday when SIU Edwardsville's Ashton Stair made an ace on the par-3, 149-yard 13th hole.

Green Bay will next be in action this weekend at the Chicago State Cougar Classic at Harborside International Golf Course on Sept. 17-18.

Green Bay Fall Invitational
Team Scores

1. Indianapolis, 306-323=629
T2. Northern Illinois, 320-321=641
T2. Butler, 316-325=641
T4. North Dakota, 322-329=651
T4. Chicago State, 327-324=651
6. Lewis, 335-320=655
7. Valparaiso, 330-331=661
8. Loyola, 331-332=663
9. Green Bay A, 346-333=679

10. SIU Edwardsville, 339-344=683
11. Green Bay B, 334-356=690

Individual Scores
Green Bay A
T11. Katie Pokrandt, 76-82=158
T35. Sammi Grunder, 88-82=170
T56. Molly Fassbinder, 89-90=179
T59. Christina De Boer, 93-87=180
T61. Lexi Wilson, 100-82=182

Green Bay B
T28. Grace Abitz, 83-85=168
T28. Steph Laude, 81-87=168
T42. Renee Christensen, 85-87=182
T61. Jacki Johnson, 84-98=182


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